NextLevel Jobs: Rapid Recovery Program Expansion

Introduction to Autonomous Mobile Robots- A Free Event

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 | 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | No Charge

This event has been postponed. Date TBD, 2021

To stay competitive, modern manufacturers have to streamline costs and keep their workers focused on the most important tasks. What if you could divert some of your factory’s more mundane duties, such as moving material inside a factory, to a cart that worked on its own?

Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) are helping Indiana manufacturers reduce costs and increase productivity.  AMRs can transport raw materials, intermediary product, and finished goods across the factory floor and warehouse automatically.

In this two-hour event, you will learn what AMRs are, what they can do, and how they can be used to free up employees for more valuable work. We will discuss their safety features, capabilities, and limitations. We will also share how other companies have used them successfully to save time and become more efficient.

This event will feature a live demonstration where you will see how an AMR is able to move around obstacles automatically to deliver goods and materials.

Join us and learn how to begin your journey in robotics with the help of Purdue MEP and our network of robotics experts.

Appropriate for:

  • Business Owners and Plant Managers wanting to improve operational reliability and better utilize employee time.

The 7 Essential Traits of a Resilient Growth Strategy- A Free Webinar

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. – Noon | No Charge

COVID-19’s impact on America’s small and medium-sized manufacturing community has left a trail of unforeseen and devastating disruptions. Existing business plans went out the window for many manufacturers as they struggled to make up lost revenue, manage their current staff, and get orders out the door.

Join us to learn the secrets of positioning your business not only to weather the economic headwinds and power through the disruptions, but also to develop a competitive advantage that will carry your business into the times of recovery and beyond. You will also hear real-life examples of manufacturers whose struggles have turned into opportunities that showcase America’s industrial resiliency.

During this presentation, you will learn how to capitalize on the seven essential traits of a resilient growth strategy:

  1. Relying on astute situational awareness
  2. Leveraging organizational competences
  3. Developing a strategy that is as unique as the business it serves
  4. Taking thoughtful actions that are measured and managed
  5. Connecting individuals with opportunities
  6. Adapting quickly to changing conditions
  7. Energizing the culture of a workplace

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Becoming A Leader

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. – Noon | $99.00

Effective leadership is a key component to organizational success. But what does it mean to lead effectively?

In this workshop, you’ll learn the keys to effective leadership and assess your own leadership strengths and weaknesses.

Objectives:
– Identify traits and behaviors of effective leaders.
– Identify different leadership styles and their characteristics.
– Know how the different leadership styles affect the organization and employees.
– Identify which leadership style is best suited to your environment.
– Deal with a changing and more diverse workforce (i.e., age, generational, incoming skills and abilities, etc.)
– Know how to apply the principles of various leadership models.
– Explain how to lead for continuous improvement.
– Improve awareness of individual leadership style(s).
– Identify your potential leadership strengths and weaknesses.

Intended audience: new and experienced managers and leaders who want to develop or improve their leadership knowledge and skills.

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Becoming A Leader

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. – Noon | $99.00

Effective leadership is a key component to organizational success. But what does it mean to lead effectively?

In this workshop, you’ll learn the keys to effective leadership and assess your own leadership strengths and weaknesses.

Objectives:
– Identify traits and behaviors of effective leaders.
– Identify different leadership styles and their characteristics.
– Know how the different leadership styles affect the organization and employees.
– Identify which leadership style is best suited to your environment.
– Deal with a changing and more diverse workforce (i.e., age, generational, incoming skills and abilities, etc.)
– Know how to apply the principles of various leadership models.
– Explain how to lead for continuous improvement.
– Improve awareness of individual leadership style(s).
– Identify your potential leadership strengths and weaknesses.

Intended audience: new and experienced managers and leaders who want to develop or improve their leadership knowledge and skills.

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Managing Stress

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. – Noon | 99.00

Today’s managers typically have too much to do and too little time to do it, a situation that commonly leads to stress. In this workshop, you’ll learn about how stress affects the body and assess your own stress level. You’ll also learn tools for identifying sources of stress and learn proven techniques for managing stress.

Objectives:
– Define the term stress and explain how stress affects the body.
– Assess your own stress level.
– List organizational causes of stress.
– Identify signs of stress, both in the individual and the organization.
– List techniques for managing and reducing stress.

Intended audience: new and experienced managers and leaders who want to develop or improve their stress management skills. Also suitable for experienced individuals who are in need of new practical ideas for managing stress in the modern manufacturing environment.

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Leadership Skills for Success Cohort #13

Begins February 17, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | $1,995.00

A 9- Day leadership training series for Team Leads/Supervisors.

New supervisors and team leads need new tools and skills to successfully lead within your organization. In this 6-month, intensive course, participants will learn and practice key skills every supervisor/team lead needs. Each session introduces new topics with an emphasis on how to apply these skills in the workplace. The course facilitator will provide a forum for discussion of impact and results. Each participant will also select a project to complete in the workplace with assistance from course instructor and sponsors, AND, depending on the project, the course may pay for itself!

Class Dates:  February 17, March 10 & 31, April 21, May 12, June 2 & 23, July 14, August 4

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Lead Generation Best Practices for Small and Midsized Manufacturers – A Free Webinar

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. – Noon | No Charge

There is no surprise that COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on companies. Manufacturers cannot attend tradeshows or hold events at this time, so they will have to rethink the way they generate leads, network and do business overall.

This webinar will review DVIRC’s proven lead generation process that aligns companies’ capabilities with market opportunities to drive measurable growth by generating qualified prospects. Few business challenges compare to the urgency of maintaining a pipeline of sales opportunities. Without a steady flow of qualified prospects that match companies’ capabilities and will be receptive to your sales message, no business can sustain itself for long.

This webinar will cover:

  • Building a lead generation plan
  • Formulating your company’s value proposition and evaluating your core competencies
  • Leveraging market research to identify top prospects
  • Identifying and pursuing specific companies and titles
  • Effectively deploying a business development outreach program

Bonus: Attendees will receive a Lead Generation Workbook to help get Started!

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Effective Time Management

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. – Noon | $99.00

The manufacturing workplace is complex and demanding, which can make it difficult for managers, leaders, and others to get things done. However, as a leader in manufacturing, how you spend your time directly affects the business.
In this workshop, you’ll learn tools and techniques you can implement immediately that will help you get things done, making you a more valuable resource to your organization.

Objectives:
– Identify factors that prevent you from effectively managing your time.
– Explain how to determine what is important and what is not.
– List tools for keeping track of tasks.
– Explain how to effectively delegate tasks.
– List best practices for managing your time.

Intended audience: individuals at all levels who want to develop or improve their time management skills.

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Problem Solving Using PDCA, A3, and Root Cause Analysis

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | $199.00

Join us to learn about the Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) problem-solving method . . .   AND problem solving tools: A3, RCA, process mapping, cause & effect diagrams, and others. PLUS hands-on activities, you’ll even practice implementing these newly learned methods and tools in class!

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Leading & Coaching for Superior Performance

Thursday, March 11, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. – Noon | $99.00

Modern manufacturing practices have required leaders to transition from a traditional style of top-down supervision into leaders who can lead and coach individuals and teams for improved performance. The essence of a successful leader is the person who can make sure that the work gets done while developing individuals and the teams at the same time. In this course, participants will learn effective processes for leading and coaching individuals and teams. Participants will have the opportunity to identify the key skills that they can practice on the job to get the best performance possible from the individuals and teams they lead.

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Building Self-Confidence and Trust

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. – Noon | $99.00

It has been said that a true leader has no fear. Self-confidence is a critical trait for every leader to possess in the right balance. Trust is the glue that holds every relationship together. While trust is a simple thing, it is not always easy to accomplish. In this course, participants will learn reliable principles and methods for building trust that every leader can use. Participants will have the opportunity to select the key skills that they can practice to gain the ease of genuine self-confidence and use reliable methods for building trust with others.

Objectives:
– Define “self-confidence” and assess your own level of self-confidence.
– List 6 rules to build your own self confidence.
– List traits of a self-confident leader and explain why self-confidence is a key leadership trait.
– List qualities of trustworthy people.
– List 10 rules for building trust.
– Explain the connection between trust and leadership.

Intended audience: new and experienced managers and leaders who want to develop or improve their skills related to building self-confidence and trust. Also suitable for experienced individuals but are in need of new practical ideas for building self-confidence and trust in the modern manufacturing environment.

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Gaining a Competitive Edge Through Market Research- A Free Webinar

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. – Noon | No Charge

Do Not Miss This A Beginners Guide to Utilizing Competitive Intelligence!

Understanding the market forces that drive your competitive landscape is critical in today’s economic environment. World-class organizations utilize competitive intelligence to plot their strategic direction, zero in on distinct advantages and establish clarity around internal weaknesses or external threats.

This webinar is designed to share the tools and techniques used by experts to gather competitive intelligence and make sound, strategic decisions.

Participants in attendance will learn the background and basics behind the following competitive research tools and techniques:

  • “The 5 Forces” That Shape a Competitive Landscape
  • Competitive Benchmarking Essentials
  • The Role of Primary & Secondary Research in Competitive Intelligence Gathering

Additional Take-aways Will Include:

  • 5 Things Anyone Can Do to Get Started
  • DVIRC’s Favorite No Cost, Research Sources & Tools
  • Links to Support You on Your Journey

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Team Building in Manufacturing

Thursday, April 1, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. – Noon | $99.00

Teamwork is recognized as an important aspect of modern manufacturing. It is well known that people working together can accomplish more than individuals working in isolation. This session provides practical methods to help teams become more effective and successful. Once you understand basic team dynamics, you’ll be able to recognize specific areas where teams need help and you’ll have sound methods to help them improve. You’ll also have the opportunity to select key skills that you can practice to improve the team performance.

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Leadership Through Change

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. – Noon | $99.00

As the saying goes, “change is the only constant in life.” This is especially true in today’s competitive business environment, where organizations must constantly adapt and improve to maintain a competitive edge. In this course, you’ll learn about how change affects both our personal and organizational lives and the organizational issues that impact change. We’ll also examine the techniques for driving organizational change and how to make that change meaningful for both the supervisor and the employee. The overall goal is to better equip you to successfully navigate the changes you face every day at work.

Objectives:
– Explain why organizations face continuous change in a competitive, fast-paced business environment.
– Describe the change process and identify the steps you go through when faced with a change in your life,
be it personal or organizational.
– Describe the current thinking in relation to being flexible as an employee.
– Identify techniques to effectively manage the human side of the change process as a leader or change agent.

Intended audience: change agents, supervisors, managers, executives, and others who want to improve their leadership and change management skills. Also suitable for experienced individuals who are interested in learning new techniques and practical ideas.

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Project Management

Thursday, April 15, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | $199.00

Project management, with its many tools, techniques, and activities, can be intimidating and complex. In this workshop, you’ll learn project management basics and gain a solid foundation to (or continue to) build your project management skills.

Topics covered: project lifecycle; key tasks and tools for project initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and controlling; and keys to project success. You’ll also have an opportunity to assess your project management skills as well as practice using key project management tools.

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Digital Marketing & Web Design Essentials for Small and Midsized Manufacturers- A Free Webinar

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. – Noon | No Charge

In today’s economic climate, and with COVID-19 causing businesses to operate virtually, manufacturing leaders need to be as resilient and creative as possible when reaching out to the market. Successful manufacturing companies utilize a mix of marketing tactics to generate awareness and ultimately drive sales. But how do you know which tools to use, and when?

This webinar will help you understand how you can use both inbound and outbound marketing strategies to help grow your customer base. From your brand identity and target markets, to your website and online advertising, learn how to use the best marketing tools to generate leads.

 Participants will gain insights to:

  • Essential components of a meaningful brand strategy
  • Tactics to do more with less and outperform much larger rivals
  • Digital Marketing tools that drive engagement, increase customer education, and drive deeper conversations with prospects
  • How to use your website to help replace trade shows and in-person meetings
  • SEO tools drive potential customers to your website
  • Approaches to online advertising, email marketing, LinkedIn campaigns, and direct mail opportunities to bring potential customers to your business
  • Ways to keep the sales channel active and engaged with leads from your website

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Productive Conflict Resolution

April 28, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. – Noon | $99.00

Conflict is a common problem in any organization that has people. Often, leaders are uncomfortable dealing with conflict because they do not have a process that keeps emotions under control. The good news is that an understanding of conflict, why it occurs, and how to manage it can help you turn a conflict situation into a positive opportunity for improvement. Participants will also have the opportunity to identify the key skills that they can practice to improve their ability to handle conflict in a productive way.

Objectives:
– Explain why conflict occurs.
– Recognize effective and ineffective ways of handling conflict.
– Apply the correct conflict style to use when in various conflict situations.
– Apply knowledge of the three stages of conflict to prevent unnecessary escalations.
– Explain how listening styles can affect conflict resolution.
– List best practices for mediating and directly confronting employees.

Intended audience: new and experienced managers and leaders who want to develop or improve their conflict resolution skills. Also suitable for individuals who have experience resolving conflict but are in need of new practical ideas for dealing more effectively with conflict in the modern manufacturing environment.

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Getting Ahead with a Daily Management Basics- A Free Webinar

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. – Noon | No Charge

A Business Operating System (BOS) provides a structured and disciplined approach to managing and growing your business. Most large companies, such as Toyota, Danaher, and Boeing, employ a formal business operating system to manage their business, however an operating system is just as essential for small and mid-sized manufacturers.

Join us to learn how a right-sized BOS, designed specifically for small and midsized manufacturers can address common leadership frustrations.

This webinar will cover:

  • What a BOS is
  • How DVIRC’s new BOS service enhances the value of a business
  • How to know if you need a BOS
  • The key elements to sustaining a BOS: People, Process, Cadence

Plus, complete a business self-assessment in advance of the webinar to be able to ask specific questions about your business to our expert.

All webinar attendees will also receive a BOS toolkit, including a meeting template and Key Performance Indicator tracker, to help you get started on your journey.

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